Building Sustainable Community/University Partnerships in a Metropolitan Setting
The Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts is home to the Five College
consortium, which includes three small private liberal arts colleges, Amherst,
Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges; an innovative and experimental institution,
Hampshire College; and the state’s flagship campus, the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst. For nearly 40 years, the consortium has served as a
vehicle for collaboration and resource sharing among the five colleges, including
in the field of community-based learning (CBL).